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After Maharashtra Debacle, Can BJP hold on to Jharkhand?

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NEW DELHI: Jharkhand Assembly Elections 2019 will take place in five phases starting November 30 and results will be declared on December 23, the Election Commission announced on November 1. Voting will be held in 5 phases from 30th November to 20th December. The state has 81 constituencies and of these, 13 constituencies will vote in the 1st phase, 20 in the 2nd phase, 17 in the 3rd, 15 in the 4th phase and 16 constituencies will vote in the 5th phase.

During the last assembly elections Raghubar Das was elected as the Chief Minister of the state. After defeat in the Maharashtra elections it will be a do or die situation for the BJP in Jharkhand. Though the BJP-AJSU alliance swept the state in the recent Lok Sabha elections, winning 13 out of the 14 seats and securing 55.3% votes, there can be sharp vote swings between general and state elections, as recent state elections, and several state elections since 2014 have demonstrated. Historically, Jharkhand itself has seen different patterns of voting in state and national elections.

The party is facing issues with establishing alliances while the major opposition parties while Congress and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) – have formed a united front. This makes the Jharkhand elections a direct contest between the BJP and the JMM-Congress-led alliance which also includes the Rashtriya Janata Dal, a smaller player in the state. The NDA stands fractured in Jharkhand as the All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU) party, the only official ally of the BJP in the state, is singing a different tune, while the Janata Dal (United) and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), which are allies of the BJP at the national level and Bihar, are fighting the ensuing polls independently.

Upcoming assembly elections a major challenge for BJP

As per sources, the way government was formed in Haryana and later Maharashtra which did not last for 2 days. If this poor performance continues in Jharkhand it will definitely have a negative effect on the upcoming assembly elections in Delhi and west Bengal. The BJP will have to contest the Jharkhand assembly elections with all its might.

After Maharashtra defeat, BJP working hard in Jharkhand

Narendra Modi held rallies in Phulma and Daltonganj and Gumla, while Amit shah addressed rallies in Manika and Latehar and will hold more rallies in the state in the coming days.

BJP to field 40 star campaigners

The BJP has fielded 40 star campaigners in the election. And if sources are to be believed BJP may field more leaders to campaign. After the defeat in recent assembly elections BJP is in no mood to take any risks.

BJP trying to convince leaders who did not get tickets

While is believed that Modi and Shah make all the major decisions and the rest follow, but now the tables have turned, the BJP is trying to assure the leaders who did not get tickets that once the government is formed, they will be rewarded. The party is trying its best, so that there are no differences within, because every vote will be crucial in the coming elections.